Auction 124, Lot 720

"Hayne-Hudjihini The Eagle of Delight", McKenney and Hall

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1838 (dated)

Publication: History of the Indian Tribes of North America

Color: Hand Color

10 x 14 inches
25.4 x 35.6 cm

The Eagle of Delight was one of only eight women whose portraits appeared in this book; by contrast there were 111 men's portraits in it. She was extremely lovely and was married to the Oto chief Shaumonekusse, who also had four other wives. She accompanied him to Washington and sadly died of measles on her return.

Thomas McKenney & James Hall's portfolio of Indian portraits documents an important part of American History. Thomas McKenney, head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years, was a champion of the Native Americans and fought throughout his tenure to preserve their culture. His legacy was commissioning artists such as James Otto Lewis and Charles Bird King to paint many of the native leaders when they visited Washington. After he left government office, he produced lithographs of these paintings for this publication. These lithographs are the only visual record left of these great Native Americans, as the paintings were destroyed by fire in 1865.


Condition: B

A sound sheet with original hand coloring. There is a stain on the left, not affecting the engraved area, and some faint mat-burn. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 5/7/2008